Thoreau regarded this species as being "handsomer than the Mountain Laurel," but his point of view in this respect has not met with popular approval. The Lambkill has the reputation of being the most poisonous of the Laurels, and its foliage has caused many deaths among cattle. The plant is similar in most ways to the Mountain Laurel, but is much smaller. It grows only from six inches to three feet high with a few nearly erect branches and is very leafy. The drooping, evergreen leaves are oblong or lance-shaped, mostly in opposite pairs, or near the ends of the branches in small groups. They are smooth and dark-green, with yellowish midrib and short stems, and are frequently marred with rusty spots. The saucer-shaped flower is purple or crimson, with shiny, purple-tipped, pink stamens and a pink pistil. The flowers are arranged in loose, round clusters, whorled on the old stalk, or on one side just below the new, light green, erect leaves of the recent extension. In the Southern States, where the darkies go about barefooted, the leaves are used by them as a remedy for sore feet. Sheep Laurel is found during June and July, in moist soil in swamps or in hillside pastures, from Canada to Georgia.